Stop Domestic Abuse!

Domestic abuse is still a bit of a taboo subject, but should it be? Nobody should have to suffer in silence; everybody should be able to turn to someone for help whether it is another family member, a friend, but mainly us, the Police. Domestic abuse is “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between: Adults aged 18 and over who are or have been intimate partners or are family members or Persons aged 16 and 17 who are or have been intimate partners (regardless of gender and sexuality)”.

Last Year a new law became available to Police Officers where they could arrest for controlling and coercive behaviour of a family member. This means that if in an intimate or family relationship which someone is caused to fear that violence will be used against them (on at least two occasions) or causes them serious alarm or distress which has an adverse effect on their usual day-to-day activities then this crime has been committed.

Only 35% of domestic violence incidents are reported to the police (but they still get one call a minute). On average, a woman is assaulted 35 times before her first call to the police; 1 in 4 women in England and Wales experience domestic violence in their lifetimes and 8% suffer domestic violence in any given year. Domestic violence has a higher rate of repeat victimisation than any other crime. Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. 20% of children in the UK have been exposed to domestic abuse. 62% of children in households where domestic violence is happening are also directly harmed. But it isn’t always women who are the victims, men can be too and the same advice is given to all no matter what gender. Get out and get help.

Dometic abuse can have devastating effects on all members of the family. Research has shown that children who suffer or witness domestic abuse may be more likely to become drug users, struggle with their education, suffer health issues, become involved in crimes and that they too may have abusive relationships themselves. Whether you are a victim of domestic abuse, are worried about someone who you think maybe a victim, or are worried because your behaviour can be abusive, there is still time to change and help is available for everyone. Domestic abuse will not be tolerated by West Yorkshire Police. We treat all reports seriously and we will do whatever we can to help prevent further incidents occurring.

We have specially trained officers who can provide support and practical assistance to those who suffer domestic abuse, for example in making your home safer. In Calderdale, you can contact or call 01422 377041. We work in partnership with a wide variety of statutory and voluntary groups who can also provide help and support.
You should always report any incidents of domestic abuse to the police by calling 101. In an emergency always dial 999. You can find out more by visiting where there is help and advice, and links to other agencies that can support people if they do not wish to speak to the police.